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A New Look for CourtReference.com

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We’ve made it easier for you to find the court-related information you need on CourtReference.com. When you search for your local court information on CourtReference.com, you will select a county; then CourtReference.com will display a page containing a list of all the courts in that county, along with contact information for each court.

Until our recent re-design, each court’s information was followed by three links: an “Online Resources” link, a “Map This Court” link, and a link containing the name of the court. If you didn’t know what those links meant – or didn’t realize they were links, even … Read More

Court Administration

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Every state court system has an administrative branch that manages the court system’s internal operations. It is most often named the Administrative Office of the Courts (as in Washington), but may also be called the Office of Judicial Administration (as in Kansas), Office of the State Court Administrator (as in Colorado , the Chief Court Administrator (as in Connecticut), the Division of State Court Administration (as in Indiana), the Director of State Courts (as in Wisconsin), and even the Office of the Executive Secretary (as in Virginia).

These administrative offices are usually under the … Read More

When Court Websites Come Up Short

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Businesses, organizations, units of government, even many individuals have websites. It’s no surprise that many courts also have websites. As with any other entity’s website, some court websites are better than others: easier to see what’s there, easier to navigate, with more content.

On some court websites, it’s obvious at first glance how to contact the court by mail and phone, how to search case records and court calendars, how to locate and download the forms you need, and how to pay fines online. An explanation of the court’s process; the types of cases the court handles; and links to … Read More

Finding the Right Attorney, Part 2 – How to be a Savvy Legal Consumer With Online Resources

Last month’s blog article “How do you find the right attorney for your legal issue, your area, and your budget” (July 18, 2013) promoted the idea of using lawyer referral services offered by state and local Bar Associations. The ubiquity of the programs (more than 300 nationally) and the mission of matching legal consumers with unbiased, qualified referrals based upon specific legal needs is endorsed and governed by the American Bar Association. The referral services include pre-screening assistance, detailed educational and professional profiles, and assisted selection of appropriate counsel.
Whether you utilize a referral program or decide to … Read More

What’s in a Name?

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What’s in a name? Quite a bit, considering the number of people who legally change their names in the United States each year. Many choose to change their names after a marriage or divorce; still others decide to do so because they simply do not like the name their parents gave them at birth.

Once the decision to change their name is made many people are at a loss for how to get started. Although details of the requirements for a legal name change vary by state, in general the procedure is much the same. In fact, the common law Read More

Wisconsin Provides Online Information on Searching Adoption Records

Here at CourtReference, we are always on the look-out for new resources to help our users search for court records. These days, many courts provide online access to a whole range of records, from criminal cases to probate estates to divorce proceedings. What about records that are sealed from public view, though? Searching for information about sealed records can be endlessly frustrating unless you know where to look. Recently, we came across a link in Wisconsin regarding adoption record searches that we hope will prove useful to you.

The first thing to know about searching for adoption records is … Read More

State Attorneys General Provide Legal Resources and Legal Research for Free

Generally when we hear about state attorneys general in the news, it is because they are suing tobacco companies, or defending high-profile state laws in court. But state attorneys general (“SAGs”) can also be a good resource for guidance on everyday legal issues. SAGs are tasked with providing legal protection to their state’s residents, which means pursuing big lawsuits sometimes, but also providing guidance on issues such as consumer fraud, elder abuse, and victims’ rights.

The websites of various SAGs provide a variety of resources. The Arizona SAG site, has a section on what to do about annoying telemarketers … Read More

Which Court Do I Go To?

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Let’s say you need to file for divorce, or want to sue someone in small claims court, or need to probate an estate – when you try to get started, you quickly realize that there are several or even dozens of different courts in your county! Which court should you go to?

In most states, each county has a variety of different types of courts to handle different types of cases. These courts may all be located in one Courthouse, or they may be located in different buildings across the county. In other states, such as California, there is … Read More

What to Know Before Searching Court Records Online

What can you expect to find when using the Search Court Case Records links on CourtReference? That varies greatly from state to state, and even county to county. Some states have statewide court record search systems for state courts. In other states, it is up to individual counties to provide online access to their court records. Of these, some counties provide free online access, while other counties contract with a private company that charges a fee to the user for some records searches.

Most court record searches can be done by party name, case number, date of birth and/or … Read More

Court Clerks Can Help You Find the Information You Need

When we think about going to court, the first people that usually pop into our heads are the judge in a robe, the bailiff with a badge, an attorney arguing for each side, and maybe a sketch artist for dramatic, high-profile cases. People like the Court Clerk may seem foreign. Administrative officials, however, are often the first line of contact the public has with the courts, and can often provide information and assistance for free.
Whether you are looking for court records, want to file a new case, or need information on when a hearing will be or where to … Read More